This will be the third summit finish of the Giro. The stage is very long (225 km). The first 100 km run on the fast-flow road leading from Benevento to Rionero Sannitico; the roadway is wide and well surfaced, with a number of well-lit tunnels along the route. The stage course then tackles the Roccaraso categorised climb, followed by a long descent leading to Sulmona and Popoli. After the two intermediate sprints, the route takes in the final climb (approx. 45 km), with a few short countersloping stretches. The ascent is divided into two parts (relevant to the Mountains Classification): the first one until Calascio, and the second one (shorter and steeper) up to the finish. Final kilometres:
the ramps are steep over the last 7 km. The route reaches over 2,000 m in altitude on a relatively wide road, with gradients of around 9% and topping out at 13%. The finish line (6 m in width) sits on a 120-m long tarmacked home straight. Download here the Giro 101 Safety and Security Plan.